WHEN GOD SEEMS SILENT: WAIT
The birth of Moses shows us how God was working behind the scenes. It was during this time that Pharaoh commanded all his people to cast into the Nile river every son that was born to the Hebrews. When Moses was three months old, his mother could not hide him any longer therefore she put him inside a basket and placed it among the reeds by the river bank. The daughter of Pharaoh discovered the basket and adopted the child because she had pity on him. She hired the mother of Moses to take care of him as suggested by Miriam—Moses’ sister. Moses was raced inside the Egyptian palace and was instructed in all the wisdom of the Egyptians. He became mighty in his words and deeds (Exodus 2:1-10).
When Moses was forty years old, God placed it in his heart to visit his brothers, the children of Israel. And seeing one of them being wronged, he defended the oppressed man and avenged him by striking down the Egyptian (Acts 7:23-24).
Just as God has put a sense of justice and righteousness in the heart of Moses, He also gives that same burden in our hearts. When we see injustice and unrighteousness, what do we do? In the book of Luke, Jesus called his disciples to be the salt and light of the world. Salt is good, but if it has lost its taste, how shall its saltiness be restored? If it has no use, it will be thrown away (Luke 14:34-35).
As followers of Christ, we have to be preservers. What are the things we can’t stand? It can be corruption, dishonesty, abuse, or human trafficking. What do we do about them?
Pharaoh heard about the Egyptian that Moses killed, and he sought to kill Moses. But Moses ran away. I’m sure we can all identify with that: running away in seasons of failures. A well-known author once said that failure is simply a price we pay to achieve success. Little did Moses know, he was just about to enter the second phase of his training in the wilderness after his forty years of preparation inside the palace.
Moses reached the land of Midian where he met the family of Reuel. Reuel, whose name means “a friend of God,” was part of God’s plan in the life of Moses. In our desperate times, God will send people to help us. God cares for us and he will not leave us helpless. He is always faithful to see us through any situation he brings to us.
Moses was content to dwell in the land of Midian. He married Zipporah, the daughter of Reuel who gave birth to his son named Gershom. During those many days the king of Egypt died, and the people of Israel groaned because of their slavery and cried out for help, and God heard them. God remembered His covenant with Abraham, with Isaac and with Jacob. He saw the people of Israel—and God knew (Exodus 2:23-25).
The third chapter of Exodus narrates how God used Moses to deliver the Israelites from the hands of the Egyptians. It took eighty years before God’s plan through Moses was revealed!
Keep in mind that when God is silent, we need to wait on Him. Hold on to the amazing things God promised to fulfill through your life. Let Him rekindle your passion!
Writer’s Bio: Ish Cocjin is a writer and a teacher by passion and by heart. Her life has always been about a princess’ faith and a King’s faithfulness.